Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, yesterday announced that he had secured an additional $1.5 billion in disaster funding to help agriculture producers impacted by severe weather. The senator also secured a provision requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to make disaster payments to eligible sugar growers and expanded program eligibility to cover quality losses for qualifying crops.
The money is part of the Agriculture spending bill that Congress is expected to vote on in the coming days with the House planning to vote on Tuesday, along with other spending bills.
“We secured another $1.5 billion in disaster assistance for our farmers and ranchers in the Agriculture Appropriations bill. This funding is in addition to the $3 billion we secured earlier this year,” said Hoeven. “We also added provisions to make sure that our sugar producers are included and to help cover quality, excess moisture, and drought losses, which is helpful for our farmers and ranchers. We not only have low commodity prices but unprecedented weather. The disaster assistance and advancing trade agreements will help to get our producers through this tough stretch.”
Negotiators agreed on $23.4 billion in discretionary funding for food and farm programs, a middle-ground between what House and Senate appropriators had proposed earlier this year.